Almost 3 million acres of forest in the Northeast is poorly stocked from some combination of exploitive harvesting, poor soils, disease, or insect infestation. An additional 7.5 million acres is one poorly executed harvest away from being of degraded condition. Exploitive harvesting, also known as selective cutting, high-grading or diameter-limit…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on December 23, 2017 at 9:37am — No Comments
A Perfect Day! Sunshine, good friends, the aroma of two-cycle oil and the dulcet tones of a growling chainsaw. It just doesn't get any better than that! That's Jim on the saw, piling up the rounds and chips.
We just received word from Jonathan Wordingham of the Ontario-Walworth…Continue
Added by Dean Faklis on December 13, 2017 at 7:37pm — No Comments
Golden Goose Forestry
What do you call a dairy farmer who spends decades improving the genetics of a herd, then abruptly sells all the best animals to start a new herd from scraggly, unproven stock? Crazy, perhaps, or foolish at the very least, right? (Or maybe someone with a gambling debt).
Under normal circumstances, no livestock farmer culls their best animals to start over with random ones. Yet it’s common for a woodlot owner to sell all the large,…Continue
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Forget About Reforestation
“Squirrels have been criticized for hiding nuts in various places for future use and then forgetting the places. Well, squirrels do not bother with minor details like that. They have other things…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on November 20, 2017 at 8:29pm — No Comments
Thanks for Giving
Many historians feel the Pilgrims would have all perished during the winter of 1620 if not for food provided by the Wampanoags, on whose land they settled. The following spring, the Wampanoags gave the Pilgrims seeds to plant, as well as a tutorial (possibly an App; we can’t be sure) on the production, storage and preservation of indigenous food crops including corn, beans, and squash.
That fall—no one is sure if it was October or…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on November 20, 2017 at 8:19pm — No Comments
I searched the web for New York State landowner liability and found the attached document. It looks a little dated but the content might be accurate.
Then I searched this site and noticed that the…Continue
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Two teams of Rotarians showed up for work today to transport and deliver 24 face cords of the finest C4C firewood. This firewood was pre-sold earlier in the year by The Rotary, with all of the purchase price going to support Camp Onseyawa, a camp for children with special needs. So far, C4C and The Rotary have donated approximately $2,500 to Camp Onseyawa (https://www.onseyawa.org/). In addition, please recall that C4C has already…Continue
Added by Dean Faklis on October 10, 2017 at 6:01pm — No Comments
The title of this blog is that of the recent webinar by Dr. Ralph Nyland, presented on June 21, 2017. The webinar is archived at www.youtube.com/ForestConnect and there is a direct link below.
Ralph focused his presentation on three topics.
Added by Peter Smallidge on June 21, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Wow, the email list has really expanded. I think that there are some…Continue
Added by Dean Faklis on June 4, 2017 at 1:58pm — No Comments
Tree Guys Don’t Know Anything Paul Hetzler
What is an arborist?
1. What a resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan calls herself/ himself.
2. A person who has received extensive training in all aspects of tree care.
3. As opposed to your borist.
Tree topping is:
1. A type of syrup that forest-industry workers prefer on their ice cream.
2. An incorrect way to reduce a tree’s height, one which leads to a very weak and…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 23, 2017 at 8:15am — No Comments
Only Bury Your Tree After It’s Dead
In springtime, driving around on weekends makes me sad. Invariably I’ll pass someone out in their yard, shovel in hand, maybe with their kids or spouse, and they have a cute little tree from the garden center on one side of them, and a wicked deep hole in the ground on the other. If I wasn’t so shy, I’d stop and offer my condolences, because clearly they are having a funeral for the tree.
Here’s an arborist joke: What do…Continue
Added by Paul J Hetzler on May 23, 2017 at 8:12am — No Comments
sorry fdor the NNY bias...feel free to use this any time/way you like, and to edit out the offending parochial sentiments.
Helicopters and Handkerchiefs: Signs of Stress
Here is a forecast the entire region can bank on: this spring will be characterized by pollen storms, and in a related development, it will rain helicopters this summer. Don’t panic—it has nothing to do with aircraft. It has everything to do with stress.
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Sugarbush management is an important part of the responsibility of maple producers to ensure healthy and productive trees. Like all the duties of a maple producer, learning how to manage your sugarbush will take some time, involve learning new skills, benefit with assistance from others who are more knowledgeable, and take some time to achieve mastery.…Continue
Added by Peter Smallidge on January 5, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Another perfect day in Western NY and the C4C Team completed the first log load on NOV 6. Thanks again to Tom Gerow and Wagner Hardwoods for their kind donation of logs; they are really a great company. Check out the Team below after the day was done...they look well fed and well exercised!
That's Tony Ross sitting on the skid and Dale Schaefer way up on the pile. Chris Howard is on the left, then Greg and Kathy Lessord, Dana Allison and David…Continue
Added by Dean Faklis on November 11, 2016 at 11:42am — No Comments
The big log load donated by Wagner Hardwoods continues to decrease in size while the firewood stacks grow and grow. After one more cutting session, all of the logs will have transmigrated completely into about 35 face cords of well-seasoned firewood. Here's a picture of the NYFOA C4C Team from yesterday; we had ten participants:…Continue
Added by Dean Faklis on October 24, 2016 at 8:36am — No Comments